I was commissioned to paint a family portrait - my very first one... at base price to build my portfolio. I met with the client yesterday, and I showed her many of Sargent's painting, including family portraits from Sargent as well as other impressionists from the era. We talked not only about the composition, but the colors that the subjects wore.
This is a formal painting.
We decided for her to wear a beautiful red dress, her daughter in white... the issue then arose as to what her two young boys should wear an her husband... if his tie should match her dress... what about the boys...etc...
I explained that when the painting is warm in color, that a lot of the colors would match because the entire painting is warm... but photography and the way they shoot portraits has infected our thinking.
I do love a nice red - and white for the 2 year old baby girl - symbolizing the purity of baby girls... etc... but what do you think her husband and boys should wear besides the obvious - suites - or sport jacket - what colors?
Her room is ivory white background....